East Ukrainians stage rare rally against rebel command

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DONETSK, Ukraine: Several hundred Ukrainians in the country’s war-torn east demanded Monday that pro-Russian insurgents remove scores of rocket launchers from crowded city neighborhoods and stop provoking return government fire on their homes. The small but unusual demonstration outside the offices of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic suggested that an undercurrent of resentment with the new authori-ties was running through the streets of eastern Ukraine’s main rebel-held town. Districts around Donetsk and Lugansk—capital of a neighboring separatist region—have wit-nessed the return of intense fighting that has claimed more than 50 lives this month.

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